Royal Teacup Puppies

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TEXAS -- BEWARE of Royal Teaup Puppies. This website is a Scam. Mimi is stealing pictures and trying to say she has these puppies. Do not trust this website. I gave a $1,000 dollar deposit for a puppy and never received my puppy. Mimi sounds very sweet on the phone but this is an act to get your money. She does not give you customer references or her Vet to contact. This is a big RED flag and unfortunatelty for me I didn't see it. I want to make others ware of her website so they do not get scammed like me.
Company Response 06/29/2012:
I am Mimi the owner of RTP. Please Beware and take special note of those that portray a reputable puppy business on the internet or by web sites. So many have conducted such business in various cities and states i.e. CA or LA, CA and make attempts to bring down other businesses that are much more legitimate by the reference of ownership, clientele references and professionally licensed veterinarians.

There are real people behind the scenes that actually take time out and put their energy into doing slander "stealing images, does not have the puppies, etc." and make bad about someone's business without facts. Oh, just to let you know that I do not take $1,000 dollar deposit, I take 50% deposit of the puppy price! So get your fact straight!

Remember, always ask questions if you are not comfortable with buying anything over the internet. Again, Beware!! Beware!! Those who may be interested in the purchase of our puppy may feel free to check our references posted of our current clientele.

Also please beware of people using our pictures to scam other people!!! Please protect yourself from being scammed by contacting us directly when you see any posting with our pictures! Email "" or call us directly "1-888-294-0046". NO other contact number or emails beside this!
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trmn8r on 01/27/2012:
You mentioned a "big RED flag". Looking at the website, I see several. Thanks for posting your experience. Here is just one item from the website that would prevent me from dealing with this business:
"1. Can I Come & Visit the puppies before I make a purchase?
We are not an open kennel. We don’t want to risk tracking in germs; some of which may even be airborne. The less traffic we have, the safer the environment for our puppies. With that being said, we sometimes allow buyers to visit, with a deposit of $1,000 which you must pay before coming into our home, validating your interest. We are not an open attraction for people to visit and play with puppies lacking any interest in actual purchase."
Starlord on 01/27/2012:
If these are Chihuahua puppies, the use of the term 'teacup' is a scam in and of itself. there is no such classification as teacup. The standards for a Chihuahua are one to seven pounds in weight, A chihuahua is a chihuiahua is a chihuahua. Teacup is a term used to describe a small dog that has no standing in official dog certification groups, such as AKC.
Victor Meldrew on 01/27/2012:
So after the deposit did you see your puppy? How was the deposit handled, face to face hand it to them?
The very good breeders have socialization days. So the buyer can come and socialize with the puppy and they can get to know each other. That cuts a lot of stress for the puppy, it is very calming for it know a scent and a touch.
trmn8r on 01/27/2012:
I don't believe the shelter/rescue vs. breeder argument applies here, because the OP won't find the puppy they seek at a shelter or rescue. As you can see at this company's website:

they specialize in "designer" puppies at very high prices. The OP's deposit alone is more than I paid for an AKC puppy with champion bloodlines.

There are other warning signs in addition, such as they say that their nursery contains "Pomeranians, Yorkies, Maltese, Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, and Toy Poodles". A good breeder breeds one and less commonly two breeds.

I personally am of the opinion that puppies can be obtained from breeders or shelters or rescues depending on the objective and size of heart/soul of the buyer. However, there is a wide range of breeders out there, from commercial ones to the person who breeds out of their home. It is of the utmost importance to research a breeder and visit their premises before committing.
Slimjim on 01/27/2012:
It's funny you say that Starford. My wife just bought a "teacup" chihuiahua. I just assumed that was a specific breed of the pup. BTW, there were no issues with her seeing the dog first. Regardless, mimi portrays a "serious" breeder but I fail to see why she's worried about people visiting puppies that apparently don't exist. oh wait...
I would file complaints with both the BBB and Texas' Attorney General. A small, private breeder wouldn't want a BBB black mark nor any issues with consumer protection.
PE on 01/27/2012:
If you want a puppy... PLEASE consider either shelters or *Registered Breeders*.

If your seller sounds shady, it's probably a puppy mill that doesn't give a flying yahoo about the dog's health or anything other than churning out dogs for profit.

Even when we adopted the shelter had us come out to interact with the dog FIRST to see how things turned out. (she adored us!)

So yeah, good review. Puppy mills suck
Slimjim on 01/27/2012:
I Echo trmn8r's point. If this is the puppy one seeks, they aren't at rescue shelters. Saying go to a shelter and adopt another breed or lesser chihuahua(if you can even find one) isn't applicable. I can say this, the Chihuahuas my wife looked at were being snapped up from breeders very quickly. These aren't pound dogs.
pepper elf =) on 01/27/2012:
depends, trm... when I say "shelter" I don't always mean the dog pound you're thinking of.

around here we have private shelters. they're not mills.. they're just rescued animals that they're trying to place in good homes.

if anything they're actually pickier than regular shelters since they often don't let you just take an animal home.

for our dog, even though they were really trying to place her, they still made a point of calling our references to ask about us. and they made a point of dropping the dog at our home to see where she was going to live.

granted I understand why though too - they want to make sure the adoptive "parents" are actually looking for a dog to adopt... and not some sicko looking for a practice kill for some dog-fight. (seriously some people WILL pose as couples and families just to do that).

if not a licensed breeder, have you considered petfinder?
that's how we found our doggie
PepperElf on 01/27/2012:
but I forgot to add... good luck finding the dog you want.

hope you can find someone who isn't a puppy mill
At Your Service on 02/01/2012:
I've got to Echo PE, aka Pepper Elf, aka PeperElf ;-)

Please support your local shelters. The animals there really need a home and they are absolutely wonderful companions.
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